Cold smoking in a Masterbuilt XL?

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by barrycuda, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. barrycuda

    barrycuda Fire Starter

    I would like to try some bacon but only have a propane Masterbuilt XL. I do have an AMZN I can use but would like to cold smoke the bacon. Can I use my smoker body with an electric burner or is this smoker body too big? Would I need to insulate the unit to try to maintain a lower temp? What is the best temp to cold smoke belly bacon?  Any help would be great. Thanks.

  2. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Why are you trying to smoke bacon with heat?

    Why not "Cold Smoke" your Bacon?

    IMHO - Belly Bacon is best "Cold Smoked" under 100°

    Your Masterbuilt XL is a perfect box for cold smoking!!

  3. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You don't need the heat.

    Run the amazen and it will be warm enough.

    I turn mine on at 100 to dry the bellie out and usually turn it off after a few hours.

    Course its in the high 90s here anyway.

  4. barrycuda

    barrycuda Fire Starter

    Thanks for the reply Todd. I guess my question was confusing. I want to cold smoke the bacon using my XL without the propane heat. Would I need to provide another heat source, like a hot plate, to keep the heat regulated since this is a large non-insulated body. Would the AMZN dust smoker provide enough heat? Thanks.

  5. Barry...........why don't you just make a "dry run", without meat. Then crank up your XL with the AMS and watch the temp. Then if need be, add your extra heating element.
  6. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think you're missing the point......

    You Do Not need heat to "Cold Smoke" bacon.  If your temp is between 60° and 100°, you'll be waaay OK.  Even if the temp gets above 100°, it doesn't really matter, and won;t hurt the bacon whatsoever.

    Light both ends and let er rip!

  7. grinder

    grinder Smoke Blower

  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Yes 60-100 degrees is cold smoking.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2011

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